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Free trade's price

March 27, 2008

Re "The Democrats flunk free trade," Opinion, March 21

Ronald Brownstein holds up the heavily Democratic cities of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Miami as cities whose vibrant economies are based on "free trade." He misses the fact that sleek buildings are not an indication of the condition of the economy. What has happened to wages, benefits and the disintegration of manufacturing since the advent of free trade? Free trade from substandard nations with 19th century economic philosophies is anything but free. We are and will continue to pay the price.

Mayer Gerson

Northridge

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